There was a West Coast Mountain Guides assault on the West Face of Aonach Mor this morning. Caspar, Steve and myself (with our respective teams) all headed round there off the climbers’ gondola, but we were also joined by Dave and Matt, who both Steve and myself have guided over the past year. It’s always good to see folk we’ve been out with in the past getting stuck into their own adventures.
I was out with Ricci, who has his sight set on Mount Everest later this year. He was keen to get some mileage in the mountains under his belt, so we went up Golden Oldie, and then from the summit of Aonach Mor, made our way over to the summit of Aonach Beag before returning back to the gondola station. Needless to say that Golden Oldie was in great condition.
Not far behind, Steve was out with Chris and Shane. Again, they led the majority of the route, looking at various ways to move safely with the rope attached.
Caspar, Petko and Vladislav, who are preparing for Denali, had a day climbing Ruth and Ruth’s Rib, looking at a variety of belays.
It was a stunning day to be out and about in the Scottish Highlands, with plenty of sunshine and cool temperatures. It was the sort of day that we all wish for everyday throughout winter!